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27th May 2012
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Member No. 1802
Registered 27th May 2012
Last Online 14th Mar 2018
City t and Chester
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 1
Sailing Locations 3
Forum Posts 34
Photos Posted 0
Likes Received 39
Likes Given 52
81 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
Liverpool Model Boat Club
Since: 17th Mar 2013
Hoylake Model Boat Club
Since: 9th Feb 2014
Runcorn Model Boat Club
Since: 5th Apr 2016
Deans Marine RTTL
Type: Other
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
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Recruit 0
69 points away from Captain!
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Forum Thread 5 35
Forum Post 2 68
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 0
Photos Response 3 33
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Video Response 3 9
Build Blog 20 120
Blog Post 5 35
Blog Response 3 69
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Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 52
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531 Total Points
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Recent Posts
Flyer 15, racing hydroplane by boaty Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Really lovely model. What power unit are you considering ? I can picture this boat with small brushless performing at scale speed and attracting a lot of attention.😁 BOATY

RE ads90's Vosper Firefloat by boaty Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Thanks for your reply and its very interesting. Was your model based on an advanced Fire Float that little was known about outside of military circles? Bridlington is only a short distance from RAF Elvington which was a bomber base in WW2. In the 1950s it became a V Bomber base and logically it would need to have improved marine rescue facilities to deal with aircraft that had ditched in the North Sea. It could be that your boat was built to fulfil this role and there may be a possibility that other Fire Floats may have been constructed for similar uses but not disclosed. 😁😁😁. Boaty

RE ads90's Vosper Firefloat by boaty Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
I have done a bit of research into the possibility of it being a Mark 1 fire float but have not as yet come up with anything. I have a theory about this boat as when the Mark 2 fire floats were "disposed of" around 1958 there is very little detail of what became of them. Could one or both of them have undergone some modifications with the extension to the cabins etc but it was never recorded, ie not on historical records of R.A.F launches. Boaty😁

Spraying/hand painting by boaty Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
I have used Halfords acrylic when restoring an old Aerokits Fireboat. However, it was not the easiest paint to work with and only got a good finish when everything was stripped down to the bare wood. I applied sanding sealer followed by Halfords primer then built up several coats of acrylic , leaving 3 hours between coats. When finished I used rubbing compound to get a good gloss. I am sure there must be better methods of painting model boats especially vintage ones that have already had coats of paint in the past.😁

Skiff update by boaty Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Try Dens Models Website if you are looking for a small outboard motor. He is the dealer for the Aeronaut range that do both boats and aircraft. I have seen an outboard powered model in his range and he is situated on the Isle of Wight. Den is an excellent person with a longstanding interest in model making .😊 Boaty.

Prop Shaft Grease by boaty Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi Bryan Best way to remove the propshaft is to undo the universal joint at the top then slide the shaft out through the stern tube . Sometimes this may be difficult if the rudder gets in the way. If you remove the prop there is a good chance you can extract the shaft without too much difficulty but be careful not to bend the shaft. Referring to the latter it is advisable to remove the rudder but on some occasions I have bent the rudder slightly though there is an element of risk in this as the rudder has to be realigned. When reassembling the shaft and universal coupling check that after fitting the prop there is adequate clearance between the prop hub and the stern tube and the same with the coupling so the assembly can rotate freely without rubbing against the tube . Regards Boaty😊

Prop Shaft Grease by boaty Commander   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Andy I use Dynamite Marine grease both on my fast electric and scale boats. You can purchase this from Wheelspin Models and you can also buy a grease gun from them as well😋. It is brilliant for whatever boat you own and with the gun you can really lubricate the whole propshaft. Boaty

Fender addition by boaty Commander   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi NovagsiO Mums are really great. They know value for money when they see it and if they feel its too expensive they will find a way around it to get something better and cheaper. Good to see your mum taking an interest in model boats as well. Perhaps she could transfer her 😁dressmaking skills to making sails for yachts Boaty

Underwater obstructions (dumped rubbish) by boaty Commander   Posted: 4 months ago
😁You certainly got it right Onetenor. Water does appear an attraction to persons who want to dump rubbish . I came across this once when sailing on a lake in a Liverpool park. My boat appeared to stall then suddenly regained forward motion but a little bit slower. When I brought it in, the prop was badly chewed up and there were scrape marks along the bottom of the hull. Guess it made contact with some submerged object that should have not been there. Hopefully technology would provide us with an answer one day; miniature sonar at an affordable price. Boaty

new brighton model boat lake by boaty Commander   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Steve Its fresh water but the much larger Marine Lake a quarter of a mile up the road is salt water. I don't know if you are allowed to sail models there. I used it once in the 1990s with a fast electric but had to flush out the cooling system after. Went in the early morning when it was quiet so I didn't get spotted. Boaty😊

new brighton model boat lake by boaty Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
New Brighton lake is ideal as it has parking close by and it appears to be very clean. Easy to launch your models as water level is high by having raised concrete walls around the perimeter. For speed enthusiasts there is a much larger lake on Wirral in Gautby Rd were I.C models are allowed and the lake also hosts an excellent model yacht club. Boaty😊

Too Good To Be True! by boaty Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
Good to see someone working with tin again. I remember the old Sutcliffe models form the 1950s and they were good fun. Keep up the good work.😊 Boaty

PROBOAT RECALL 17 by boaty Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
Had a similar problem with a fast electric myself. I put a bigger battery in which increased the running time but it did have detrimental effect on speed and😁 handling. Quick way to check if a larger battery will affect performance is to weigh the existing battery, note weight then find out the weight of the bigger battery you intend to purchase. Make up some ballast to the weight difference between the two batteries and put it in the boat with the original battery and see if there are any changes in performance as a result. It will save you buying the larger battery if you feel the performance is less than what you expected. Boaty

Fairmile D - MGB623 and MTB741 by boaty Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
Excellent boats with great scale performance. I like the Fairmile Ds as they are good subjects for modelling and at static displays they always attract a lot of attention. Boaty😊

PT109 Refit by boaty Commander   Posted: 6 months ago

PT109 Refit by boaty Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Built an Italeri PT 109 about four years ago. Power is by a brushed 480 running on 2200 mha 7.4 Lipo. Drive is a single prop and it performs nicely at a scale speed but it can not be run flat out for too long as it will overheat and due to the excessive speed it can get slightly out of shape.. I used Humbrol Grass Green acrylic aerosol for the paint job with dull red from the waterline downwards. I built the model to its earlier spec with a life raft mounted on the bow in place of the later cannon which I believe was used for barge busting. Boaty

34" sea commander Aerokits kit by boaty Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Hi Garth, I have my second Sea Commander which I still use , but the first one I sold 13 years ago. I never actually built a Sea Commander but the one I have now and the previous model I picked up cheap and restored them. You do get things like this that come up on Ebay occasionally and though restoration appears sometimes to be challenging I find a lot of satisfaction when the work is completed. My first Sea Commander I found underneath a table on a stall in Ellesmere Port Market and it was about to be binned. The stall holder was glad to accept five pounds for it and it turned out that the hull was quite solid and all I had to do was to make the cabin roof, sand it all down, paint it then fit the motor and radio. I hope you get your Sea Commander, they are lovely boats from yesteryear and even a new build is very rewarding. Boaty😊

Blown esc........ again 😢 by boaty Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
I had this problem last year with my Aerokits Sea Commander also powered by a 600. While sailing under full power it suddenly stopped. After drifting for a few minutes I tried again and it came back to life. When I brought it back to shore the motor and ESC were very hot. As there appeared to be no flotsam in the lake and the prop shaft was able to be turned freely my only theory is that ESC overheated and shut down and when it cooled off it functioned again.😊 Boaty

Property Damage by boaty Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
There should be a process for claiming damages and you will need to contact the Legal Department for the NHS. Where I am there is one at the nearest large hospital some 4 miles away. If you are a member of a trade union, they usually have a legal department who can advise you on matters like these. Failing this you can get info off the Citizens Advice. There are many paths available to making a claim, one of these being the ADR, (Alternative Disputes Resolution). This is where there is mediation takes place and in certain circumstances an Ombudsman will become involved. This method tends to be used more as an alternative to the Small Claims Court and to what I understand it is used quite often now and in the event of you taking your claim to the court the judge may ask you if you have taken the ADR route prior to getting a writ issued. If you were to use your home insurance policy it is advisable to check with your insurance company first in case it has detrimental effect on your future premium. On the other hand you may find that the NHS would offer you compensation on submission of your claim as they would not want to continue with a lengthy and costly legal case. Boaty😁

Firing Battleship at Wings & Wheels (UltraHD/4K) by boaty Commander   Posted: 8 months ago
This brings back memories to when I was a 7 year old in 1959. During the family holiday in Scarborough we visited Peas Holme Park and there was some action on the boating lake. It appeared to be an enactment of the Battle of the Atlantic with some very large models of ships of the era shooting it out. I recall that some of boats these sank and I have a vivid memory of a merchant vessel being shelled with flares being set off on the deck to simulate a direct hit. Does anyone have details, ie did the ships have a person on board or where they radio controlled and I also noted some wires above the lake which dive bombers ran along with imitation bombs Does this event still take place as I know that at one time persons wanted to stop it due to Germany now being one of our NATO allies. Boaty😎

Precedent Huntsman 34" by boaty Commander   Posted: 8 months ago
I like the Precedent Huntsman very much and I built one from the kit many years ago. It was the wooden hull version and it was quite fast with an MFA 850 Torpedo motor running on 12 volts. I sold it in 2004 and now I wish I hadnt. However I bought a 34 inch fibreglass hull this year at the Ellesmere Port show and I wondered if Precedent are still manufacturing kits as I have no plans for the superstructure. Boaty😎

Aerokits P.T Boat by boaty Commander   Posted: 8 months ago
From Boaty Does anyone know if there are manufacturers who are producing replicas of the Aerokits 40 inch P.T Boat kit. I bought one many years ago but it was already built and had an I.C in it which I replaced with electric power. I foolishly sold it some time after when I took up kart racing and I am now looking for another one. The Vintage Model Boat Company are excellent but I don't 😎think they do the P.T Boat

Colwyn Bay MBC - 2017 Regatta is cancelled by boaty Commander   Posted: 8 months ago
That's bad news. Previous events had been really great. I hope those responsible for the lake and related activities change their minds and get the event reinstated.😤

Lightship by boaty Commander   Posted: 11 months ago
Looks an excellent job and detail is amazing especially as it was not built from a plastic kit. Id like to see more models like this as they are ideal for small ponds. Well done David regards Boaty

The radio aerial & handrails. by boaty Commander   Posted: 11 months ago
I am highly impressed with your attention to detail. Cant wait to see the boat finished.It will be a real masterpiece. Boaty

The life rings. by boaty Commander   Posted: 1 year ago
I agree with you on the metal fittings being too heavy. Three years ago when I restored an old 34 inch Crash Tender I bought a complete set of them and was surprised how much weight they added to the boat. I haven't got round to changing them yet but I am now considering it. Boaty

getting old by boaty Commander   Posted: 1 year ago
Don't worry about making mistakes when you are getting old. Think about the very first model you built when you were young. I bet you made mistakes on that due to inexperience and as you got older your models got better. Boaty😋

MFA Piranha by boaty Commander   Posted: 1 year ago
Nice to see a MFA Piranha again. I understand that these were built from the kit and not an RTR. I liked the MFA range with their quality hulls and sleek design. Id love to see that Piranha at full speed with the brushless Inrunner on You Tube. Boaty😊

Sailing times and dates by boaty Commander   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi Roy I have been a member of the Runcorn Club in the past and it is a great club. Sailing water is Heath Park Lake in Runcorn and its recently had a makeover and a new pavilion built. I believe Club sailing times are Sunday and Wednesday afternoons though the lake is used during the week by members and non members alike Members are very friendly and helpful to newcomers. Only restrictions as I know are that I.C boats are not allowed. Boaty

New Lake at Colwyn? by boaty Commander   Posted: 1 year ago
I have seen the old lake but not the new one. From what I've read it sounds exciting. Is it big enough for fast electrics eg Proboat Blackjack 29s and Voracity etc. Boaty